Owners of Kentucky's Noah's Ark Attraction Sue Over Flooding Damage

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Owners of Kentucky's Noah's Ark Attraction Sue Over Flooding Damage

Post by SolarpunkFan » 2019-05-25 01:56pm

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It may seem a bit ironic but the owners of Kentucky's Noah's ark attraction are suing their insurers over damage caused by flooding.

In a federal lawsuit, the owners of the Ark Encounter are asking for a $1 million settlement after the attraction's insurers, Allied World Assurance Co. Holdings of Switzerland and three other insurance companies, refused to cover damage after heavy rains in 2017 and 2018 caused a landslide on its access road, the Courier Journal reports.

Opened in 2016, the 510-foot-long wooden ark has been a popular attraction in Williamstown, Kentucky.

The lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages and stipulates that the ark itself was not damaged.

The ark is was reportedly built to the dimensions specified in the story of Noah in the Bible and is the largest timber-frame structure in the world.
I'll just let this speak for itself. :lol:
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Re: Owners of Kentucky's Noah's Ark Attraction Sue Over Flooding Damage

Post by The Romulan Republic » 2019-05-25 04:25pm

It seems that any deity must have a sense of irony, at any rate.
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Re: Owners of Kentucky's Noah's Ark Attraction Sue Over Flooding Damage

Post by bilateralrope » 2019-05-25 04:39pm

Here's a different article that goes into why the claim was refused:
The Ark may have been constructed to withstand 40 days and 40 nights of flooding, but Northern Kentucky’s Ark Encounter property did not fare as well as Noah’s original construction when rains hit the area.

Court documents filed in District Court show that the owners of the Ark Encounter in Northern Kentucky have filed a suit against their insurance company after flood and storm damage.

Crosswater Canyon Inc. alongside the Ark Encounter, have filed suit against multiple defendants who comprise the business’ insurance underwriters after their property was damaged by heavy rains.

According to the suit, heavy rains caused a landslide and some structural support damage near the Ark exhibit.

“Subsequent to heavy rains, a significant landslide occurred along portions of the slope, which eliminated the structural support for the roadway, caused significant damage to the road surface itself and the incorporated improvements, and rendered portions of the road unsafe and unfit for use,” reads the suit.

Engineers fixed the roadway at a cost of about $1 million. But when the Ark Encounter asked for their insurance to cover the repairs, they were disappointed.

Initially, the suit alleges, the defendants cited faulty craftsmanship as the reason for the property damage and stated they were not liable. After an appeal, they conceded that only a small amount was covered by the policy.

“By refusing to pay all but a very small proportion of Plaintiffs’ covered claim, the Defendants have failed to meet their Policy obligations and failed to handle Plaintiffs’ claim properly and in good faith, causing Plaintiffs to incur significant additional loss and expense,” reads the suit.

The Ark Encounter is seeking damages. The vessel itself appears not to have been damaged.
I'm not surprised that they tried to be cheap where it wouldn't show. Though I wouldn't be surprised to find out that the insurance company is lying.

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Re: Owners of Kentucky's Noah's Ark Attraction Sue Over Flooding Damage

Post by SolarpunkFan » 2019-05-25 09:44pm

The Romulan Republic wrote:
2019-05-25 04:25pm
It seems that any deity must have a sense of irony, at any rate.
The arc of the schadenfreude universe is long but tends towards karmic justice. :P
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Re: Owners of Kentucky's Noah's Ark Attraction Sue Over Flooding Damage

Post by wautd » 2019-05-28 02:46am

News like this makes my day.
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Re: Owners of Kentucky's Noah's Ark Attraction Sue Over Flooding Damage

Post by InsaneTD » 2019-05-30 03:46am

Surprised the insurance company didn't claim the storm and damage was the Will of God.

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